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  MSNBC    The Last Word    News/Business.  (2013) New.  

    February 22, 2013
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follow your conscience or not? and i knew it was not going to be popular. i knew what the polls said that day, that 70% of the american public was against the war. you had "the new york times" pushing the war, the editor endorsing the war. even al franken, my good friend, all supported the war. so i really was out on a limb, those that were there with me knew what it felt like. it was not good. and what i've been thinking this week about this is the lesson from this, when the attempt to do this again, whether it is with iran or whatever, just anybody who is listening to this. just don't be afraid. if you think you're right, and you are following your conscience and you know you're right, stand up and say it. and yes you will be alone for a while. but eventually truth will come out. and you will be remembered for being on the right side. it is just that hard place at
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the beginning. and so if they attempt to do that with iran, that is my position from now on always is, that whatever they're telling me i'm just going to assume it is not true. and they have to prove it to me, as opposed to the other way around, where the press was oh, yeah, whatever they say is true. and maybe some of us will find out some of it is not true later. well, we have lost too many lives as a result of how the media handled that. >> that is called being skeptical, it is healthy, the size of the things they are size to portray is directly in response to the size of what they're trying to sell. i know you took a hit for a long time for doing it. and congratulations on everything instance then, thank you for joining us tonight. >> thank you rachel, and thank you for your documentary this week. god bless you. >> god bless you back, all right, that does it for us tonight. thank you for joining us on a friday night. now it is time for "the last word."
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have a great weekend. i'm beginning to believe a lot of republicans in washington do not know how to use the internet. why else would they keep insisting the president has no sequester plan when all you have to do is use the google. >> the gop's astonishingly bad message. >> where is the president's plan. >> you know, where is his plan? >> then put your little hand in mine. >> where are the other ideas? there was never any plan from the white house. >> put something on the table. >> can you explain the john boehner message? >> republicans are not willing to budget. >> the ideology blinds them. >> the sequester is coming. >> a self-manufactured crisis. >> the republicans consider the sequester leverage. >> rick scott is realizing what a lot of other republican governors are realizing. >> i bet you wonder, where have
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i seen that guy before. >> we're not going to implement this medicaid expansion. >> rick scott will expand medicaid. >> he is joining a group that clouds jan brewer. >> gop governors accepting the law. >> also about the power of free federal money. >> this will be devastating for patients. >> this will be the biggest job killer ever. >> i know there will be a lot of discussion today about the politics of this, about who won and lost. >> obama care is the law of the land. >> when we look back, we'll be better off. >> one week from today, the sequester spending cuts go into effect. it happens. president obama's unwillingness to put a plan on the table. >> the president laid out no
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plan to eliminate the sequester and the harmful cuts that will come as a result of it. it is incumbent upon the president and senate democrats to show us their plan, to stop the sequester from going into effect. >> march 1st, the day that the devastating sequestration cuts, the president's sequestration cuts take effect and we've yet to hear a plan from the president. we need the president to lead and come forward with his proposals. >> it is the president who proposed the sequester. it is the president who designed the sequester. the president gave a speech showing that he would like to replace it but has not put any details out there. >> no plan, we need a plan, the president needs to come forward with his proposals. it is the president who needs to give up the plan. i don't know if this is a failure of reading comprehension or internet searching capabilities, or both. but here is the plan. it is not a secret, you just have to type something into the google, and when you type in white house sequester plan which is what i think you would choose
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if you're looking for the white house sequester plan, it is the first, also the second and third, all from white house.gov. here is the plan, i hold it in my hand, 1.8 trillion in deficit reduction, including 1.2 trillion in spending cuts, and medicare cuts and chained cpi, which will cut medicare benefits. and that is a 2-1 ratio, you can read it right here in the president's budget for fiscal year 2013. pages 23 to 46, they're a little bit boring to read, i agree. there is a plan, multiple formats. i can look it up on the internet, i agree, i don't want to spend my weekend reading. that is why the gods invented caffeine, and for john boehner,
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aides to help. impress your friends with all of your cool facts about dish funding. but don't say the plan doesn't exist because i'm holding it. it is right here. the president's plan to replace the sequester is a real thing. the problem is not that it does not exist. the problem is that republicans don't want to agree to it. they don't want to agree to eliminate some tax deductions, in order to come to a compromise with them. instead they say they should agree to the all spending cuts revenue plan, and that will go easy on defense. the argument, their argument is that republicans won the house, despite getting fewer votes than the democrats. and the republican plan is the only plan that can come to a vote and pass that chamber, and a lot of pundits have bought into this argument. ron fornay wrote, president obama made a compromise, farther than republicans, but noticing who is at fault doesn't fix the
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problem. to quote billy joel, you may be right, mr. president, but this is crazy. they pushed back, saying it is even outright stupid, to think that republicans would want to talk to obama, the conversations wouldn't do any good. the president's agenda would be passed without breaking gridlock, somebody has to be the grow-up here, let it be the president. that is not the problem with the argument, the problem with the argument is the idea that the president should move away from a popular plan because a minority party wouldn't compromise on it. what it says is the boundary of what is politically acceptable, the bar for which we set, for the people who win elections, is the bar that the party who lost the election -- this can't possibly be right, i don't think. but i'm going to find out, because joining me now is chris hayes, host of "up with chris
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hayes". >> you well be surprised and shocked to know i think it is ridiculous. it perfectly illustrates the problem of searching for the center. there is for fixed point in american discourse in the center, and obviously, the center is calculating the distance between two points, and if the right keeps moving in one direction then all you do to find the center is keep chasing it. the revenue on the table, vastly reduced. as you point out, we're talking about a small amount of revenue, just between the balance and of cuts and revenue, it has already happened. what it is, it continues to reward the intransigence and obstruction. what is the reward, the party is continuing to take the line even though polling is showing it is unpopular. and it is a little ridiculous when it says the president is
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unplanned. what they are losing politically, they're gaining substantively. >> i think that people not reading it, thinking a plan doesn't come out, because if it did, would republicans stop saying it? the other thing is, like what i think jean hilly said if only the president would come up and give a speech, the speech that is slightly different than the one he is giving now. or if he would slightly tweak his agenda, then republicans would come to the table. we're saying what i think is true. the big part of it, republicans don't want to come to the table. they just want to move the table. this is a strategy, there is not something the president can do to force them to move. they actually have to want to. if they want to, there will be consequences to not moving. >> there is nothing more overrated than presidential leadership. and this is like the classic example where everybody is going to sit around and call for
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presidential leadership. he has put out a proposal. they're negotiating. the thing that is the craziest to me about this whole situation, with the sequestration is the fact that people are always moaning about how we need bipartisanship. and right now, there is broad bipartisan agreement that sequestration is a bad idea. that is bipartisan, both houses can pass it, the president can sign it and we have the wonderful moment that everyone in the respectable center has been asking for. it will be a grand bargain, a deal between the two sides that everyone has wanted for so long. so obvious, that is the deal that should be on the table because everybody thinks the sequestration is a bad idea. >> i would take the deal, but the truth with sequestration nobody likes it. the reason it may happen is they like it better than the other things. i mean they like it. prefer it to the no sequestration, to the alternative. one of the things, sequestration
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gets in a huge amount of cuts, somehow the republicans convinced themselves this is a really good idea for them. but why is it something that they say funding the government, 600 billion, that is something the liberals may be able to get taxes on, they could never get the defense cuts if not for sequestration -- >> there is a liberal case to be made that the bad things about the sequester are worth the cost. because it is a one-time opportunity of actually shifting the baseline of defense spending, which has proven to be remarkably resilient, post-2001. and howard dean has made the case, i ultimately am in the strong anti-austerity camp, which is that we have 8% unemployment. we should not be cutting anything. and i don't think it is a worth while price because it is real
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jobs on the line. we should just get rid of the sequester. but i understand that case and think you're right that in some cases republicans have overlo overlooked this massive aspect. >> chris hayes, thank you for joining us. lot of found. what do obama care and charlie sheen have in common? the answer is aztec. and why you don't want to be hacked by the chinese government. don't worry, i'll explain it. le. in your heart. [ basketball bouncing ] heart healthy. great taste. mmm... [ male announcer ] sounds good. it's amazing what soup can do. [ whirring ] [ creaking ] [ male announcer ] trophies and awards lift you up. but they can also hold you back. unless you ask, what's next? [ zapping ] [ clang ] this is the next level of performance.
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now save $50 on a droid razr maxx hd by motorola. you know what is terrible? when you get a letter from your insurer, saying your premiums have gone up 10 or 20%, it is awful. but here is good inninews. it is happening way less frequently, double digit rate increases have fallen from 74% of all the rate increases in 2009, from 2012, and 2013 so far it is only 13%. so what happened between 2009 and 2013 that could have done that? well, one big thing that happened you may have heard about, is obama care passed and created something called the rate review program. -- they can't just jack your rate way up.
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they actually have to justify it. and they often don't want to have to do that. now, is that drop entirely due to obama care? no, probably not. we had a recession, too. but obama has had a major influence, and it is another bit of bad news for the law's opponent. they hoped something would come in and ruin it, election, supreme court ruling. huge rate hikes, anything. that has not happened. to paraphrase charlie sheen, it is winning. florida's rick scott, was a tea party-backed former hospital worker who ran on largely his opposition to obama care. last year, the supreme court ruled in favor of obama care. governor scott said this in the provision of the law that would expand medicaid. >> it doesn't make any sense to do this expansion. >> then the presidential candidate, who opposed obama
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care lost the election bad. and two days later, the person who had the most control over congressional opposition to obama care said this. >> it is pretty clear the president was reelected, the obama care is the law of the land. >> and this week, rick scott was sounding an awful lot like speaker boehner. >> but regardless of what i believe or anyone else, a supreme court decision and the election last november made the president's health care mandates, the law of the land. we will support a three-year expansion of our medicaid program. as long as the federal government meets their commitment to pay 100% of the cost during that time. >> rick scott, to become the 7th republican governor to accept barack obama's medicaid expansion, along wijohn kasich d
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arizona's governor, jan brewer, last night, a leading republican thinker said this. >> i think it is honorable to say i will take the money. because the people of my state are paying the federal taxes, are subsidizing people in other states. or you could argue the other way and say i still want to keep up a fight. you know, but if enough states stay out it will collapse. i'm not sure that is a real prospect. >> it is honorable to make peace with obama care, getting into collapses, a real prospect. we're entering a new world where they're accepting. rick scott, as leverage with the obama administration, he got the okay on the experiment he wants to run in florida in which medicaid would deliver to more private insure rs. that is how the work of the health care form continues, that is how obama care actually wins.
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joining me now is msnbc's joy reid. was this always predictable. did it have to go this way once the election was over? did the opposition begin to fold? >> absolutely, yes, ezra, the white flag of surrender was ready, for rick scott to whip out for time for the folds to harry potter moment. yes, of course he was going to take the money. because florida is one of the states that has many medicaid patients and has hospitals. you take university of miami hospital, for instance, they would literally collapse, financially if they didn't take this money. which is again 100% of the federal government paying 100% of the cost in the first years. and the reason for that is that florida has about 1.3 million uninsured people. and the deal that hospitals across the country, as you know made, in order to support the affordable care act was that they would forego federal money that helps to subsidize indigent
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patient's care. and they would forego that care. you know what, states can opt out of the medicare portion which would left states high and dry. and rick scott had that company that did the huge medicaid-medicare fraud. he is a former hospital executive, hospital lobbyists were coming to him and other republicans, saying we're going to go bankrupt, you're going to take the money. so he was always going to take the money. >> i always just think it is amazing, the republican opposition, given so much of it is architecture, it runs through private insurers, not a single payer. a lot of republicans, including scott, you see others talking like this, saying maybe we can actually make something of it and build on it in the future. and getting constructly lively
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engaged that is a really sustainable place for the law. >> i totally agree with you, florida opted out of the exchange, it is not really a perfect deal for patients. they get to run this experiment on having medicaid patients having to run their care through hmo, it is not a perfect deal but avoids the problem of 935,000 people in florida who wouldn't be able to qualify for medicare, nor qualify for the exchanged subsidies who basically would have had no money but still getting treated at the hospital. it is a win-win, the hospitals get compensated to the tune of about $33.6 billion for caring for the poor. that is actually a pretty decent deal. >> joy reid, thank you for joining us. thank you. so give me two minutes and you will be the cool eest perso at the party this weekend. when everybody says they won't get what happens when you -- i
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sometimes when i host these shows i come to the morning meeting with ideas that are important, i think, they're important ideas. but they're not obviously good tv ideas. they're the kind of ideas where the producers kind of make gagging noises and begin to check the ratings. that is when i cut a deal, you let me talk about what i want
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to, and i'll keep it very short. that is how the ezra klein challenge was born, can i tell you really important things in under two minutes? i'm excited to try. today i have a good one for you. i want to tell you how a sequester actually works. if you're the literal person in charge of making those cuts, how do you do it? it all comes down to three little words, but before we get there, can i get my clock? okay, there is my clock. all right, go, the sequester is set to go into effect on friday, a week from today and make big spending cuts across the board. but not, and this is really important, not everything. it can't cut social security, or medicaid, medicare beneficiaries are spared food stamps and pel grants, but pretty much everything else takes a big hit. but the thing that makes it a dumb way to cut spending, we can't choose what the cut.
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you can't decide farm subsidies are not as important, so they get less cuts, you have to spread everything between the cuts that are totally protected that i named. big cuts, no real choosing between them. the law says, and i'm quoting here, that the same percentage sequestration shall apply to all programs and activities within a budget account. but how do you define programs and budgets and activities? it is not defined anywhere. you see how it gets complicated. take medical research. you could say every grant is a project, every lab using the grant is a program. and every program is an activity. or you could say that all cancer grants collectively are the project. each type of cuts your researching are the program and each grant is an activity. you want to see how crazy it gets? the last time we had a sequester, 1991, a guy named
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barry anderson helped to implement it. there was a nautical program, and at the researched bouys, congress said you can't remove the buoys, so somebody from congress says i have to go as low as i can, what do i do with them? they said twice a year we send somebody to scrape off the bird poop, so i said scrape 5% left of it, done, so this sequester, three words nobody understands, but when you hear it, think about how we'll do it. think about a government in 1991 where an actual government official was telling somebody to actually scrape 5% less bird poop, that is what this country is coming to. and republicans are changing, and bipartisan reform may have a chance of passing
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people and congress's failure to act on it is a disappointment. >> june 28th, 2007, was a sad day in the second term of george w. bush's presidency. that was the day that president bush's hope to pass the comprehensive bill died on the senate floor. the effort became months ago with a strong bipartisan effort led by john mccain and ted kennedy, john mccain, kennedy and bush together. bush lobbyed hard, but the bill died anyway, died because of a huge back lash on the right. and leading that back lash were the rush limbaughs and the sean hannity's, and even this guy. >> american is run primarily by white christian men. and there is a segment of our population who hates that.
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despises that power structure. so they, under the guise of being compassionate want to flood the country with foreign nationals, unlimited, unlimited. to change the complexion, pardon the pun, of america. >> that was nearly six years, and another president in his second term is trying yet again to get the legislative branch to pass an immigration bill. >> send me a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the next few months and i will sign it right away. and america will be better for it. let's get it done. let's get it done. >> and again, there has been bipartisan support at the beginning, marco rubio, and john mccain on it. among others. and yet again, though, the outrage is beginning to rise on the right even before the state of the union. rush limbaugh was attempting to force the party's right wing to fall in line. although he didn't at the time,
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he seemed optimistic about the chances. >> i mean, thanks to obama now you have amnesty, unless you get convicted of a major felony. so i don't know that there is any stopping this. i -- i mean, it is up to me and fox news, and i don't think fox news is that invested in this. but there is not -- i don't think there is any republican opposition to this of any majority consequence of any size. >> but he is getting backup for this. senator john mccain at his home for a town hall, some of the folks who showed up were not at all happy. >> why didn't the army go down there and stop them? because the only thing that stops them, i'm afraid to say and it is too damn bad is a gun, that is all that will stop them. >> the border is 2,000 miles long, sir, i'll give you expert information that means you are
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talking about 2 million soldiers, if you're looking up the constitution of the united states we're not allowed to have a militia on the borders because that is what the founding fathers wanted. your problem is with them, not with me. >> most of the people that come across the border are illiterate, they're dependent. >> the overwhelming majority of them are not on welfare. >> you said build the fence, where is the fence? >> this is a wealth of experience, i've had enough, you have had enough, sir, you have had enough time, pal. >> and now we have this news from republican congressman bob goodlott who chairs the house judiciary committee. >> do you favor an ultimate path to citizenship for these people? >> i do not, people have a pathway to citizenship right now, to abide by the immigration laws. if they have a family relationship or a job skill that allows them to do that they can obtain citizenship. but simply, somebody who broke
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the law, saying i'll give you citizenship now, that, i don't think is going to happen. >> i want everything to be clear. he fairs the committee in the house that is going to have to help write the bill, he chairs the house so that is important there. good news for immigration reformers, there is an agreement on what the guest part of the immigration bill should look like. the chamber of commerce and the aflcio say they agreed on three criteria, a new federal bureau to study labor shortages and better information about jobs for native-born workers. so the big question, can the deed get done this time? or are we doomed to failure? joining me now, pennsylvania governor and msnbc political analyst, ed rendell, and former rnc chairman, haley barbour. governor, i want to begin with you, what needs to be done to
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protect the consensus that you and governor rendell and marco rubio and chuck schumer have started to build on? >> first of all, we have to secure the border. and to have a secure border is essential if you're going to win the support of the american people. if you have alan simpson, the senator who led the fight in 1986 when we passed the last big immigration reform bill, he will tell you the failure was that afterwards, they did not do what they promised to be the first thing to do. and that is to have a secure border and a way to deal with people who came here legally on visas, and make sure they left on time. but that, a legalization process for those of the 11 million who are here today, who have -- who work, who have not committed crimes. who are -- who pay their taxes. and then finally, and there has
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to be other improvements in the legalization part, i should add like h 1-bz's, guest worker program, very important. but finally, at the end of the day we have got to have a consensus where people are willing to support this, and everybody knows they're not going to get everything they want. he is not going to get everything he wants, i'm not going to get everything i want. that is the way that american politics and government works. >> governor, on the question of how we secure the border, in the last couple of years as you know we spent a lot of resources on it. we actually hit a lot of targets we set up in george w. bush's program bill, the rest of the bill didn't pass. that doesn't mean we have full control over every inch of the border, but what do you think needs to be done from here? to give people a sense of security that enough has been done that we can now move on to the path of citizenship. >> well, ezra, let me make two
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corrections, we have been joined by condoleezza rice and henry cisneros, two popular americans. rush limbaugh couldn't be more wrong, because president obama's administration has deported more illegals than anyone in recent history in the united states. so to say that they have been weak on it is wrong. look, there have to be measurables, there has to be e-verify, haley and i and all of us agree on that. >> that is an employment verification system, right? >> right, so somebody who comes in with a visa, we track them. when the visa is up, if they're not working, boom, we find them and go off them and track them down and say it is time to get out. of the 11 million illegals that are with us today, a significant number of them came here on visas. i think the haley -- correct me if i'm wrong. but i think it is estimated at
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almost 40% of the 11 million actually entered legally with visas and stayed over their welcome or their allotted time. and secondly as far as border security goes there are parts of the border that are functionally secure. there is no question about that law enforcement will tell you that. there are measurables, the devil is in the details. there has to be measures that everyone agrees on that could be in the bill, objective and transparent. and if that happens and if we get a good, strong border security allotment with measurables's then we can go to the chairman of the security and say we got border security. that is what you wanted. that is the main issue, we're not going to be able to do this without some reasonable path to citizenship. let's make it a tough, difficult path but obtainable. >> governor barbour, how
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significant do you think the agreement between the chamber of commerce and the aflcio is pushing this? >> well, i haven't seen it. but that they were able to reach an agreement is significant. of course, everything we're talking about, principles and ultimately you have to get down to the devil being in the details. there are 11 million people here illegally. and we're not going to put them all in jail. we're not going to deport them all. it is just a fact. secondly, our economy needs workers, we are in a global battle for capital and labor. and if we're going to have economic growth, which is the thing we need the most in this country today. if we're going to have economic growth after a deep recession and a very, very flat recovery, we need this labor. we not only need the high skill h-1 b labor in the technology world and science world that you
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hear so much about. we need agriculture labor, we need low-skill labor. and so if we want to see our economy grow we not only have to be more productive we have to have a larger work force. and our work force is not growing fast enough for us to have the kind of growth that we have you got. hundreds of thousands if not millions of jobs in america that are sitting here empty today, because there is nobody to do the jobs. some of those highly skilled, some of them not. >> governor rendell -- >> that is why this agreement, the agreement is so important, because we're not going to make this work economically for the country without a reasonable and responsible guest worker program. and to get the chamber and the aflcio to agree on a program is a huge step in the right direction, for question babout it. and haley's point, anybody who graduates from a college with an
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mba, or whatever, should be given the right to get a green card and work their way to staying here. they're entrepreneurs, we want them to start the businesses here. >> governors haley barbour, and ed rendell, two of the co--chairs of the immigration task force, thank you for joining us. thank you, ezra. coming up, the sexy messages you would not expect to find on the blackberry messages. and next, the computer hackers that are not re strained by the great firewall of china. [ male announcer ] you are a business pro.
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unit, which is the chinese's army complete elite hacking unit. it focuses on companies involved in the critical infrastructure of the united states. our power grid, gas lines and water works. according to the researchers, one target was a company that had remote access to more than 60%, 60% of oil and gas pipelines in north america. the unit was also among those that attacked the computer security from rsa whose computer codes protect government data bases. yes, government data bases, their hackers love getting into the data bases right now. in "the washington post" start asking the experts which ones have been penetrated by the chinese spies, and this is the usual answer. almost all of them. almost all of them means more than you may think. we're not just talking about the
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white house and the federal reserve. we're talking about almost all the big law firms, the think tanks, the news organizations like "the new york times." human rights officers, federal agencies. the chinese are hacking everybody in washington. anybody in washington. it is almost the status symbol in washington right now to be hacked by the chinese. if you are not being hacked by the chinese probably don't really matter. the main reason the chinese and the russians are hacking us, pretty obvious. america spends more on its military than the next 13 nat n nations combined. we have been spending that much for a very long time. you can't get into a conventional war with america, we'll destroy you. so china is looking to see where they can become strong and we're weak, in case they ever feel they need to use that. one place is our digital infrastructure, a place not run by the army but by private
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companies. they may not be able to bomb us, but if they can knock out our financial markets and our energy grid and stop the air traffic controllers, well, that will cause chaos, at least. but that is not the reason they're hacking our intelligence services, the chinese are eager to understand how washington works. they're looking for unseen forces that may explain how the white house approaches an issue. which many believe that the newspapers and organizations are secretly the work of government officials, much as they would be in beijing, then. so that is it then, the chinese look at washington and at us, thinking there must be a way in which what you're doing makes sense. some document, a plan, a map, a strategy that is buried in the computer kept locked in a basement. because in china, there would be, somebody would be in charge.
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there would be a plan somewhere, a multi-year plan, if it was not being followed somebody would have come up with a new plan. but that is not how they work in washington. if it looks like what we do doesn't make a lot of sense it is because much of what we do doesn't make sense. what they're trying to find is the great myth of washington, the scheming. if you have been watching a lot of "house of cards" on netflix, it is all about the myth of scheming. >> i know what i have to do. >> good. >> we'll have a lot of nights like this. making plans. very little sleep. >> i expected that. it doesn't worry me. >> i better get to work. >> lots of plans, no sleep,
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moody lighting. this is the most pervasive of all washington myths, that the washington insiders are effectively scheming all the time. that everything that happens fits into somebody's plan. but it doesn't. maybe what happens began as a scheme, but soon enough, everybody in washington, from interns to the white house, everybody is at best reacting to what just happened a moment ago, and at best, failing to react to what just happened a moment ago. and in all cases they're doing it with less information they need. that is the main thing i learned as a reporter and political adviser in washington, nobody can carry out all plans. all parties and groups, they're bumbling, and everybody thinks everybody else is efficient and ruthless, people are very good at recognizing disarray on the other side, but they see the
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other side is completely disabled by human vulnerabilities. but they're not, everybody is just screwing up all the time, they're trying, but screwing up. that is the strength, we're not very good planners. i almost feel bad for the chinese hackers. their junior analysts sitting in the basement, tasked with looking at the boring e-mails from every low-ranking think tank, trying to learn what matters, get the connections to unlock the code. but they're missing our actual real strength. the real reason that washington fails day to day, but reacts, we don't stick to plans, that way when it all falls apart as it always does and will, that way when it all falls party, we're still okay. there is a good -- coming up next, a good chance the text messages on the smartphone of fbi agents are sexier than the
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so now we know, now we know government is run by people who screw up all the time. but you know what is scary? you know who else screws up all the time? the fbi, an agency that is synonymous with power. the agency who is sworn to protect and defend us from the bad guys. in the movie, the agency is the most intelligent, figure iing o the way to catch the criminal. in 1985, the editor of the
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bureau's official magazine, wrote, they represent the three things they stand for, fidelity, bravery, and integrity, well, the office of responsibility or opr is tasked with making sure the agents fill that task. they send out a staff-wide e-mail, detailing the case of some of the employees behaving a little bit badly. basically, it is a moment to say please stop doing all the following dumb stuff. you're an fbi agent. just recently, one of the quarterlies was released. and it turns out they're staffed by a lot of human beings. and some of them are kind of jerks. one popular issue, sexting, people are always sexting on their work phone. case in point, one employee did the violation by using a government-issued blackberry, send